Alaska Farmland Trust Protects 68 More Acres

By Mary Smith | September 19, 2016
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We just got word from The Board of Directors of the Alaska Farmland Trust Corporation (AFTC) that they have helped permanently protect 68 acres in Palmer. 

After four years of planning, paperwork and fundraising, a conservation easement was placed on the property known as The Musk Ox Farm, north of Palmer on Archie Road.

According to AFTC Director Amy Pettit “the Musk Ox Farm is a one-of-a-kind operation, not only in Alaska, but across the country. In addition to the fact that a very unique ungulate (Musk Oxen) roams the property – it is also managed in a holistic and forward-thinking manner,” 

Amy adds, “spend ten minutes with Mark and his crew and you immediately recognize that this farm is different and special.”

Alaska Farmland Trust received funding through the USDA’s Agriculture Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) to help facilitate this project. The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service administers the easement program. 

To qualify for the ACEP funding both Alaska Farmland Trust and The Musk Ox Farm had to meet a wide variety of parameters including being a qualified conservation organization, utilizing approved management practices and the desire and willingness to permanently restrict the property from future non-agricultural uses, such as development. 

Alaska Farmland Trust is a non-profit whose primary mission is the protection of Alaskan farmland to guarantee viable agricultural soils exist in Alaska in perpetuity. The addition of this property brings the total acreage protected by Alaska Farmland Trust to 228 acres, all in the greater Palmer area.

Congrats to all! If you’d like to help celebrate this great news, buy a ticket to the second annual Oxtoberfest - a celebration like no other featuring local bratwurst, Alaska potato salad, local beer, a silent “ox-tion”, and plenty of time to commune with the musk ox themselves. We’ll see you there! 

Article from Edible Alaska at http://ediblealaska.ediblecommunities.com/food-thought/alaska-farmland-trust-protects-68-more-acres
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